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silly me

So silly me just realized there’s a calendar on my side bar that tells me when I’ve posted a blog……

and ugh, so yeah, I have clearly not managed this 30 day challenge either.

BUT

It’s a challenge, not a life changer, so

Once I get a few things in order, I’ll try it again.

Until then, this may be sporadic for a while, bear with me, as I said, I’m currently under construction.

 
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Posted by on 22/12/2014 in Uncategorized

 

The Experiment

 

I’ve seen this happen too many times before.

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I will be back to blogging after a short break to get things in order.

 

 

 
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Posted by on 22/12/2014 in Uncategorized

 

Under construction

My Life is currently under construction. Please hold until further notice.
Thank you.

 
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Posted by on 18/12/2014 in Uncategorized

 

It’s 8 days until Christmas

It’s 8 days until Christmas

I’m not necessarily religious anymore as you know.  But Christmas for me is about the tradition of decorating, lighting, candles, gathering people, gift giving, baking, cooking, laughing, and being with my children.

This will be the 3rd Christmas away from them.

I miss those moments with them.

Cori and I would have already started on our annual bake-a-palooza.  The boys and I would be soon starting our gingerbread houses.  No one would be allowed to look any where for any thing without first making the general announcement question if such place was OK to look in.

Someone would usually say no and have to go hunt for the needed item themselves.

The Harry Potter marathons, the traditional movies on TV, the stupid silly song-fests as we sing and dance around and cook.

The typical family nonsense.

Taking gifts to friends, wishing everyone happiness.

I miss those moments.

And, snuggling with them.  Yep even as grown up kidittos, they always snuggle with me.  And I love it.  It’s my favorite.

Hot chocolate or cider a big blanket, a book, and my favorite people all puppy piled in.

I hope that never changes, but I suppose it might.

Tonight, I am missing my babies.

My first Christmas away this is what my Sweetpea wrote me:

 

“This is the first year I haven’t been with you for the holidays. The first year we didn’t bake holiday treats for a week straight. The first year we didn’t go into a sugar coma from baking those treats. The first year we didn’t set up the tree together. The first year we didn’t get into a fight about how long we can leave the Christmas decorations up before it gets tacky. The first year we didn’t tunelessly sing Christmas carols to annoy the boys until they finally joined in. The first year that we didn’t get obnoxious Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve. The first year we haven’t unsuccessfully attempted to take decent Christmas pictures. This first year I haven’t been with my mom for Christmas. I’m proud of you for everything you are doing, but around this time I just kinda wish you here for the holidays. Christmas kinda isn’t the same with you half way around the world. I love you mommy, Merry Christmas”

I read this all the time, not just at Christmas.

Over my birthday my Boo wrote this:

“well, just don’t internalize it mama your an amazing person. You don’t need a man in your life ‘ Find yourself a good woman, they’ll love you more haha  ‘ it is hard but your such a strong person, we all know it. I owe so much of my strength to seeing you mom and I love you so much for it. I know you’ll get through this. You’ve gone through worse”

And my Monkeysan, well, he just makes me happy with this one:

“well i don’t care what day it is i just wanna hang out with my mamma”

They were so little not so long ago!  And freakishly cute fyi

They were so little not so long ago! And freakishly cute fyi

 

 

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Best Christmas Present Gift faces EVER!! Unplanned and in the moment awesomeNESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aboard our only (so far) family cruise in May of ’12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I make good humans, I can’t lie…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweetpea made us Christmas Baking Headbands! Oh I love this girl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At David’s graduation this summer….. They’re turning into good, good people.

 

 They keep me strong even when we’re apart.  So this week, in tribute to my amazing children, who are becoming amazing adults, I am going to put on stupid Christmas songs, sing and dance around my apartment, make a few goodies, and spread some general cheer to a few people.  Whether they like it or not.

I can handle one week of this without going too nuts  :)

Peace and happiness everyone

 

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It’s inspirational meme day

In Mari World anyway…

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Posted by on 15/12/2014 in Uncategorized

 

Sunday Funday?

Or more like Done day…..     ‘Cause I got $#*t dun dun dun dun DONE!

 

You know that old old song….  Rawhide?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47W1pNC1QHw

Wellllll that’s what’s playin in mah head right now!    Rollin rollin rollin, I’ma really rollin, got my plans a goin, Rawhide!

A couple more ppt slides and I’ve got the week done!

Whew!

Sunday Done-day!

 

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1st day trip in Santorini

1st day trip in Santorini

Really, truly loved Santorini.  Now to go in late spring!!

Photo fest time!!!!

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1st view of the white buildings, white clouds, blue sky and blue ocean combo that makes Santorini so spectacular

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One of the many beautiful churches on the island. Love the colors here!

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The view from our room!! It was amazing!

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A lovely picture painted on a side wall.

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The painting and the wall

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So many colors, textures, I was in awe everywhere I went

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The sun shone on the ocean as far as the eye could seeee

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Another pretty church with the Greek flag in front

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the crater basin of the caldera that is Santorini

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I love the old and new together…….

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Friends keep life fun!

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color combo awesomeness

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mhmmmm

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the skies are so blue here

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yes, to all of this.

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beautiful boat just about a 10 min walk from the beach

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if only

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gorgeous

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did I mention beautiful?

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sick or not, I got to the ocean!

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so much blue happening!!

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by the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea

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in love with my ocean

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